Tight yoga pants are all the rage as a sexy, fashion statement. For us yoga folks, the right yoga pants are an important part of getting the most out of yoga class.
There are several kinds of yoga pants and yoga beginners might be wondering “Do I have to wear tight yoga pants?” and “Which kind of yoga pants should I buy?”
Do I Really Have to Wear Tight Yoga Pants?
If you feel uncomfortable wearing clingy yoga clothing, don’t wear it. No one in your class will think any different of you. The thing is, tight yoga pants stay in place while you move in and out of yoga poses and while you are upside down.
Loose-fitting workout wear may reveal your lower legs in a shoulder stand (so you might want to shave if that’s important to you) or ride up to reveal your tummy as you get into and out of yoga poses.
The 4 reasons why you need tight yoga pants to get more out of yoga class are because they:
- won’t give you a wedgie when you squat
- don’t reveal your butt crack when you bend over
- less likely to give you a camel toe
- aren’t gonna fall towards your face when your upside-down
Which Kind of Yoga Pants Should I Buy?
Full-length tight yoga pants go down to your ankles. They’re either tight from hips to mid-calf, and flare slightly towards the bottom, or tight from hip to ankle.
Full-length yoga pants are great if you:
- tend get cold
- like to keep your muscles warm
- do yoga outside in the cool morning air
- don’t feel like shaving your legs — not that unshaven legs are a bad thing
- are self-conscious about your calves/ankles.
- are into meditation, pranayama or Yoga Nidra because exposed skin can feel chilled when you get into a relaxed state
I don’t recommend full-length yoga pants for hot yoga, including Bikram.
Capri style tight yoga pants are my personal favorite. They are perfect for any style of yoga because you won’t get too hot and they’re flattering to almost any body shape. The length ranges from just below your knee to mid-calf.
There are two types of Capri tight yoga pants:
- some hug your legs like a bodysuit from hip to calf
- straight-leg styles are tight from your hips to just above your knee and loose at the bottom
Try yoga shorts. Yoga shorts are ideal for hot yoga classes or doing yoga outdoors when it’s warm. Yes, they are revealing but designed to keep your lady parts concealed when you do “spread eagle” yoga poses such as butterfly and splits.
Yoga shorts come in various lengths. Some look like short-shorts and others come down to just above the knee, kind of Bermuda style or like bike shorts. Yoga shorts make a terrific alternative to tight yoga pants or Capri’s.
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